Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 50 Greatest Films

Iain Stott of The One-Line Review kindly asked me to participate in a poll for The 50 Greatest Films of all times. After giving it some thought, and working on the list for a while, this is what I came up with, together with my introductory note:





This is an arbitrary selection of my fifty favorite movies... As a result of not limiting myself to one film per filmmaker, other great artists such as Harry Smith, Jonas Mekas, King Vidor, Vincente Minnelli, Robert Aldrich, Carl Dreyer, Jacques Rivette, Chris Marker, Bruce Baillie, Ernie Gehr, Christopher Maclaine, Louis Lumière, Buster Keaton, Jean Epstein, Raoul Walsh, Josef von Sternberg, Jack Chambers, etc. were left out. This is more or less where things stand for me as of June 30th 2009:

  1. Il messia (1975) - Roberto Rossellini
  2. India: Matri Bhumi (1959) - Roberto Rossellini
  3. What goes up (2003) - Robert Breer
  4. Socrate (1971) - Roberto Rossellini
  5. Cartesius (1974) - Roberto Rossellini
  6. Viva l'Italia! (1961) - Roberto Rossellini
  7. Bang! (1986) - Robert Breer
  8. LMNO (1979) - Robert Breer
  9. Viaggio in Italia (1954) - Roberto Rossellini
  10. Faust (1926) - F.W. Murnau
  11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  12. Au hasard Balthazar (1966) - Robert Bresson
  13. La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) - Roberto Rossellini
  14. Intolerance (1916) - D.W. Griffith
  15. Sophie's Place (1986) - Larry Jordan
  16. The Art of Vision (1965) - Stan Brakhage
  17. Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980) - Robert Breer
  18. El Dorado (1966) - Howard Hawks
  19. Life of Oharu (1952) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  20. L'argent (1983) - Robert Bresson
  21. Rio Bravo (1959) - Howard Hawks
  22. Donovan's Reef (1963) - John Ford
  23. Beaubourg, centre d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (1977) - Roberto Rossellini
  24. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) - Roberto Rossellini
  25. I... (1995) - Stan Brakhage
  26. Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) - Stan Brakhage
  27. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - John Ford
  28. Agostino d'Ippona (1972) - Roberto Rossellini
  29. The Tarnished Angels (1958) - Douglas Sirk
  30. Miss Oyu (1951) - Kenji Mizoguchi
  31. Gulls and Buoys (1972) - Robert Breer
  32. Three Times (2005) - Hou Hsiao Hsien
  33. Mr. Frenhofer and the Minotaur (1949) - Sidney Peterson
  34. Chimes at Midnight (1965) - Orson Welles
  35. The Petrified Dog (1948) - Sidney Peterson
  36. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969) - Larry Jordan
  37. 69 (1968) - Robert Breer
  38. ...Reel Three (1998) - Stan Brakhage
  39. Blow Job (1963) - Andy Warhol
  40. In Harm's Way (1965) - Otto Preminger
  41. The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him (2000) - Stan Brakhage
  42. The Lion and the Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels (1999) - Stan Brakhage
  43. The Loom (1986) - Stan Brakhage
  44. Arnulf Rainer (1960) - Peter Kubelka
  45. Millennium Mambo (2001) - Hou Hsiao Hsien
  46. Fantômas (1913) - Louis Feuillade
  47. The Last Laugh (1924) - F.W. Murnau
  48. The Potted Psalm (1946) - Sidney Peterson
  49. The Horse Soldiers (1959) - John Ford
  50. Zorns Lemma (1970) - Hollis Frampton


There are four lists I find inspiring: Edo Choi, Jack Angstreich, Mike Grost, Dan Sallitt

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Yoel Meranda said...

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